“Victor and David”: A Truncated Bildungsroman or Assimilation Aborted in Martínez-Serros

Melissa Huerta and Marc Zimmerman 2017-07-17
What is presented herein draws on a paper drafted Melissa Huerta, as a student in MZ’s seminar on Chicago Latino writing at UIC, in which she was assigned to extend, complement and question the modes of analysis developed by MZ and presented in previous issues of El BeiSMan. In this shortened version, we have eliminated most bibliographical references and notes. The older archival photos in this text are reproduced here courtesy of the Chicago Historical Museum.  ∴ ...


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Spaghetti Western

Marc Zimmerman 2017-06-06
 Desenredando rronteras  (Unraveling Borders) by Héctor Duarte In mid-April, Marc Zimmerman’s book of fiction, La penisola non trovata (trans. Marco Codebò), appeared in Italian as a special issue of the Milan-based journal Nuova Prosa. Dealing with Italian American and Italian encounters, adventures and reflections, with several Latin American/Latino connections, the book was presented in Milano May 17 and at the Torino International Book ...


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Four Directions, Two Anthology Picks and a Potential Detective Series in Antonio Zavala’s Pale Yellow Moon

Marc Zimmerman 2017-05-12
      Pale Yellow Moon by Antonio ZavalaCreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017, 152 pages, $11.99, ISBN-13: 978-1544640693 So now, after years as Chicago Mexicano/Chicano performer and playwright, as well as reporter and commentator for several Chicago Latino newspapers, journals and the like, Antonio Zavala has delivered on producing his long-awaited first collection of short stories, Pale Yellow Moon. This is a group of fifteen works of varying theme, length, style ...


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The Catholic Church in Two Stories by Martínez-Serros

Raúl Gutiérrez, Paloma Rodríguez Esteban and Marc Zimmerman 2017-04-01
(Part II)  As indicated in the first installment of this article, what is presented herein draws on three papers drafted by the co-authors specified, as students in MZ’s seminar on Chicago Latino writing, assigned to extend, complement and question the modes of analysis developed by MZ and presented in previous issues of El BeiSMan. In this shortened version, we have eliminated most bibliographical references and notes.   First page of Martínez-Serros manu...


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The Catholic Church in Two Stories by Martínez-Serros

Raúl Gutiérrez, Paloma Rodríguez Esteban and Marc Zimmerman 2017-03-03
 (Part I)   As a whole, this article draws on two papers drafted by the co-authors specified, as students in MZ’s seminar on Chicago Latino writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago, assigned to extend, complement and question the modes of analysis developed by MZ and presented in previous issues of El BeiSMan. Zimmerman then redrafted the papers in light of his overall, evolving approach to this important Chicago Mexican southside body of work.   ∴&n...


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Electra in Ana Castillo’s My Father was a Toltec

Marc Zimmerman 2017-02-12
(Part II)       Note: What follows are section II-IV of the essay which appeared last month (see http://www.elbeisman.com/article.php?action=read&id=1291)   II. La Heredera Aptly entitled “Heredera,” Part II of My Father takes us to the young adult Electra now living through and transcending her complex to assert her multiple roles and identities. The first piece is a rush of prose kind of poem, “Alternatives,” which says it all with a &ldqu...


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Electra in Ana Castillo’s ‘My Father was a Toltec’

Marc Zimmerman 2017-01-02
(Part I)     “Chicago … shaped me into the kind of writer I have become. Multiple ethnic presences … prepared me for realizing that the world is not simply black and white or mostly brown. My first 20 years of life were spent around Taylor street” (Ana Castillo in Greg Holden, Literary Chicago. Chicago, Lake Claremont Press, 2001: 87)   Introduction  In a previous article on Ana Castillo’s work,I pointed to the greatest Chicago insight th...


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Barberena: Art as Resistance to the Emerging Farce

Marc Zimmerman 2016-12-07
  Barberena: Master PrintsEl BeiSMan, PrESs, 2016, 114 pp., $25.00, ISBN 978-1540698469   Karl Marx once paraphrased Hegel to say that historical events occur twice—adding that the first time they occur as tragedy and the second time as farce. Today in the U.S. we are living a process which seems both tragedy and farce at the same time. The situation has been different in Nicaragua and maybe we can draw a lesson from that difference as it emerges in Franky Piña&r...


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Intersections Exhibition: An Event to Remember

William Simbolov 2016-12-02
González Poster display at 11-11-16 Intersections event—on southwest wall.    So after several seemingly endless days of email and Facebook promotions, but only three days after an election that left so many feeling paralyzed and terrified, to the point of no longer watching CNN or UNIVISION, no longer reading the newspaper, no longer FACEBOOKing, or (god forbid) tweeting, trumping, dumping or doing anything, the multi-layered event that Marc Zimmerman and Len Domingue...


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A New LACASA Website Will Bring New Insights on Chicago Latino Art

William Simbolov 2016-10-26
Book cover reproduction of Mexican artist Genaro Álvarez’s mosaic mural commissioned by the Chicago Housing Authority 1956. Courtesy Daniel Ronan, National Public Housing Museum—mentioned in the Chicago Mexican artist section of the LACASA Chicago website.   With the work undertaken in recent years by others to establish and develop websites on Chicago Latino art, is there anything special about the new one open now and scheduled for formal launching in Pilsen November ...


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Martín and Marvin

José Ángel N. 2016-09-28
  Martín and Marvin: A Chicago Jewish Mexican, His Friend and Their Latin Worlds, by Marc ZimmermanLaCASA, 2016, 132 pP, $14.99, ISBN: 978-1530914999   Martín and Marvin: A Chicago Jewish Mexican, His Friend and Their Latin Worlds, the new book by Marc Zimmerman, is a story of frustration, identity, friendship, misunderstandings and, to a certain degree, redemption. But most importantly, since it claims to be the story about a Mexican in Chicago, we should ...


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Racism and Assimilation in “Ricardo’s War”

Lillian Gorman, Martin Ponti, Octavian Stinga, and Marc Zimmerman 2016-08-25
Part II ofSex and War in the Steel Mill Barrio School Stories of Hugo Martínez-Serros As indicated in the first installment of this article,what is presented hereindraws on three papers drafted by the co-authors specified, as students in MZ’s seminar on Chicago Latino writing, assigned to extend, complement and question the modes of analysis developed by MZ and presented in previous issues of El BeiSMan. In this shortened version, we have eliminated most bibliographical reference...


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Art in the Entrails of Pilsen

Franky Piña 2016-08-12
Pilsen Murals by Pablo Serrano. Photo: Travel Leisure    In The Searchers of Gold (Los buscadores de oro) Guatemalan exiled writer, Augusto Monterroso, who lived in Mexico; said that when he arrived anyplace, he would thank all those who came before him. Be it a day or twenty days before. I remember this idea because when I came to Chicago towards the end of the 1980s, showing such gratitude was foreign to me. Meeting other Mexicans was a bit humbling and surprising. L...


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Sex and War in the Steel Mill Barrio School Stories of Hugo Martínez-Serros

Lillian Gorman, Martin Ponti, Octavian Stinga, and Marc Zimmerman 2016-07-19
 Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski), Mitsou, 1919, black ink on paper, 6 by 4.75 inches (courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Copyright Balthus) As a whole, this article draws on three papers drafted by the co-authors specified, as students in MZ’s seminar on Chicago Latino writing, assigned to extend, complement and question the modes of analysis developed by MZ and presented in previous issues of El BeiSMan. In this shortened version, we have eliminated most bibliographical...


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Martin and Marvin is a story of friendship and rivalry in Chicago

Antonio Zavala 2016-07-17
Martín and Marvin: A Chicago Jewish Mexican, His Friend and Their Latin Worlds, by Marc Zimmerman LaCasa Chicago, 132 pp, $14.99, ISBN-13: 978-1530914999   Martin and Marvin, a book by Marc Zimmerman, professor emeritus of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC) as well as World Cultures and Literatures at the University of Houston, is a saga of a friendship between two men and the confidence they place on each other but also the...


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Excerpts from Martín and Marvin: A Chicago Jewish Mexican, His Friend and Their Latin Worlds

Marc Zimmerman 2016-07-03
  Can friendship exist in the contemporary world? If so, how? If not, when did friendship die or did it ever live? And what was or is it made of? Is it similar or different from friendship in the past? How? Why? And what about Jewish friends? And/or Latin American or Latino friends? And how can you love a friend you can’t stand? And how can you stand a friend you love? And how do you navigate your friendship when at least one of you has a wife (a Puerto Rican one at that) and the o...


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A short story by Marc Zimmerman

2016-05-01
Martín in Guatemala So many times I’d invited Martín to meet me somewhere and he’d never bitten the bullet, always preferring to spend time with his women friends, and showing some resentment for the very fact that I had married and sometimes had research grants to places he might like to go but wouldn’t go to just out of spite. But this time, when I let on that Amelia would be leaving some days after his arrival, he lit up and assured me he was coming after al...


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Latino Art in Chicago 1920-1970

Marc Zimmerman 2016-04-04
On the eve of the LAN Conference: A state of the art “Pre-History"   This essay is based on research conducted by the Chicago Latin@ Arts Series (LAS) and its most developed branch, the Chicago Mexican Art Project (CMAP), groups which I coordinate in my role as director of LACASA Chicago. The essay stands now as the definitive essay on the pre-history of Chicago Latin@ art until further research leads to significant revisions. A summary of our finding, including many additional im...


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Latino Art in Chicago 1920-1970

Marc Zimmerman 2016-04-04
<p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;"><strong>On the eve of the LAN Conference, the state of the art &ldquo;Pre-History</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>This essay is based on research conducted by the Chicago Latin@ Arts Series (LAS) and its most developed branch, the Chicago Mexican Art Project (CMAP), groups which I coordinate in my role as director of LACASA Chicago. The essay stands now as the def...


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Las librerías también tienen su alma

Alejandro Ferrer 2016-03-15
 Tres Amércias Books   Es martes y afuera está nevando. El profesor Marc Zimmerman me llama y sugiere que escriba sobre el cierre definitivo de Tres Américas, acaso la mejor librería de Chicago (y por qué no, de Estados Unidos). Le respondo que cuente conmigo. (Aunque no le menciono que desde hace días he estado intentando escribir —por cierto, sin éxito— una especie de elegía al respecto). Por eso sigo aqu&iacut...


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Adiós a lo mejor: The Closing of Tres Américas Books

Marc Zimmerman 2016-03-07
 Humberto Gamboa en Tres Américas Books. Photo: Antonio Zavala   "The road to success in the Hispanic world is paved with our Spanish-language books. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Americas."    1. La Décima Musa, Casa Aztlán, Nuevo León (at least for a while) and now Tres Américas — ¡Ay ay ay! The other day, I posted the following note on FACEBOOK about the imminent demise of the Tres Américas Bookstore. Now,...


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Adiós a lo mejor: The Closing of Tres Américas Books

Marc Zimmerman 2016-03-07
<p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The road to success in the Hispanic world is paved with our Spanish-language books. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Americas.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1. La D&eacute;cima Musa, Casa Aztl&aacute;n, Nuevo Le&oacute;n (at least for a while) and now Tres Am&eacute;ricas &mdash; &iexcl;Ay ay ay!</strong></p> <p>Th...


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El BeiSMan Art Notes

Antonio Zavala 2016-02-10
    Art and Chocolate/Artist Óscar Romero and lecturer Carlos Heredia combine art and food in a unique one-day presentation at the new La Luz Gallery, at 1545 W. 18th Street, which takes place on February 11, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Titled “El Chocolate”, the presentation features a lecture on the myths and legends about this ancient beverage which was developed by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. According to National Geographic, the Mayans discovered chocola...


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Schooling and Racism in Mexican South Chicago

Carolina López-Lozano, Idoia Martínez del Mozo and Marc Zimmerman 2016-02-01
 The Mexican Boulevard (Halsted Street). Illustration by William Ortiz   (Part III)   In the first part of this in-depth study of Martínez-Serros’ stories, we examined the four ones which did not involve any direct intervention of institutional structures on the lives of our Chicago Mexicans and their families. To be sure, the Southside’s steel mill infrastructure was the productive center of South Chicago area Mexican life; and, representing U.S. and C...


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Martínez-Serros: Planting and Growing in Southside Chicago

Marc Zimmerman 2016-01-02
South Chicago, Commercial and 92nd Streets. Photo by Chuckmas Photos   (Part II of Hugo Martínez Serros: Patriarchal Identity Structuration in a World of Steel.)   Introduction In a note on The Last Laugh and Other Stories, written for Publishers’ Weekly soon after the book’s appearance, an unnamed reviewer points out certain qualities of the overall text which echo ones I mention in last month’s presentation in El BeiSMan, as well as other qualities ...


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El gran circo chico / The Great Little Circus

Olga U. Herrera 2016-01-01
   El gran circo chico de nuestro mundito, dibujos y escritos / The Great Little Circus of Our Small World, Drawings and Writings, Aarón Kerlow. Edición de Marc ZimmermanLACASA Press, 2015, 146 pp., ISBN 978-0-7884-2307-6   El significado de la vida y el lugar del hombre en el mundo ha preocupado por siglos a un sinnúmero de filósofos y a cuasi filósofos. Este es sin duda uno de los grandes cuestionamientos que el ser humano se hace a menudo...


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Feria del libro de Chicago 2015... esto apenas comienza

Jorge Hernández 2016-01-01
Raúl Dorantes, Luis Alejandro Ordóñez, Gerardo Cárdenas y Fernando Olszanski en el panel Novedades Literarias en Chicago. Foto: Marcos Litvitski   La primera edición de la Feria del Libro de Autor@s Latin@s 2015 se llevó a cabo en Chicago a fines de octubre. Los invitados principales fueron Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Juan Eduardo Esquivel Larrondo, Anabel Hernández y Carmen Boullosa. En los estrados, junto a los escritores internacio...


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Hugo Martínez Serros: Patriarchal Identity Structuration in a World of Steel

Marc Zimmerman 2015-12-01
  Part I. Introduction, Some Generalities, “The Last Laugh” and “Distillation”   The stories of Hugo Martínez Serros are the only literary record we have of Mexican life in steel town Chicago during the 1930s and 1940s, and are essential to our understanding of the Chicano literature that developed here. Starting with this article and continuing in subsequent issues of El BeiSMan, the goal will be to explore Martínez Serros’ text, its pl...


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Aaron Kerlow and His Circus World

Marc Zimmerman 2015-11-09
 Aaron Kerlow. Photo: courtesy   The following text presents excerpts from the new book released in November 2015 by LACASA Chicago, the cutting-edge branch of Global LACASA Books: El gran circo chico de nuestro mundito/ The Great Little Circus of our Small World: Dibujos y escritos en español e inglés/ Drawings and Writings in Spanish and English Por/by Aarón Kerlow Coordinado y presentado por/Coordinated and presented by Marc Zimmerman, as part of its Chicago L...


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Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: The Man and Artist (Part II)

René Arceo 2015-10-03
For René Arceo’s “Carlos Cortez Koyokuikatl: The Man and Artist (Part I),” see the link. The overall essay has been edited with Marc Zimmerman as a project of the LACASA Chicago Latino Art Series (CLAS). Thanks again to Carlos Tortolero, Cesareo Moreno and Dolores Mercado of the National Mexican Museum of Art (NMMA-PC), the family of Marianna Drogitis, represented by Theodora and Despina Katsikakis, as well as Carlos Cumpián, Director of MARCH for p...


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